1.Title of the Symposium

“Towards the Asian Century:Environmental Issues, Economic Inequality, and Human Security in East Asia”

2.Overview

Asia has become the center of growth and prosperity in the world. At the same time, the region is rife with problems such as territorial conflicts, environmental issues, economic inequalities, and human rights problems. In an Asia where people, corporations, capital, information, and even pollution transcend national borders, is it possible to establish regional governance and effective cooperation between the national governments in the region? And if so, how?
In the symposium “Toward the Asian Century”, well-known experts from the United States and Korea will gather and discuss the problems East Asia is facing today, as well as the possibility of regional governance. Special focus will lie on the questions whether sustainable Asian Development without personal sacrifice is possible, and how common interests among East Asian countries can develop.
The first session “Towards the Asian Century?” will examine and discuss environmental issues, economic inequality, and human security in East Asia. The second session “Possibilities and Limits of Regional Governance in East Asia” is a panel discussion, during which members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions to the panelists.

3.Sponsors etc.

1)Sponsors:
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), Saitama University
2)Supporters:
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Ministry of the Environment
Saitama Prefecture
The Japan Association of National Universities
JAFSA:Japan Network for International Education
3)Cooperators:
University of Massachusetts Boston
Dongguk University

4.Date

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, starting at 10:00am (gate open 9:30am)

5.Venue

International Conference Hall, Plaza Heisei, Tokyo International Exchange Center
Address: Tokyo Academic Park , 2-2-1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo Japan
Access:
3 minutes walk from "Fune-no-Kagakukan"station on "Yurikamome" line
15 minutes walk from "Tokyo Teleport" station on "Rinkai" line

6.Audience

Faculty members in international related departments of national, public, and private universities, researchers in international education and advanced education, Japanese students and international students, the public, members of the business community, members of the mass media, etc.

7.Admission and Application

Free admission
Pre-registration needed

8.Number of Participants

119

9.Timetable

Time
Details
9:30am- Gate Open
10:00am-10:20am Opening Ceremony
Opening Remarks: Haruhiko Tokuhisa (Executive Vice President, JASSO)
Yoshihiko Kamii (President, Saitama University)
10:20am-10:45am Keynote Speech: “From Fukushima to Global Environmental Conservation”
Hideki Minamikawa (Former Administrative Vice-Minister, Ministry of the Environment)
10:45am- Session 1: Lectures and Symposium “Towards the Asian Century?”

*Environment Issues
10:45am-11:15am
Peter M. Haas (Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst / International Environmental Politics)

11:15am-11:45am
Ilchung Kim (Professor, Dongguk University / Environmental Economics )

11:45am-12:15pm
Q & A

12:15pm-13:15pm
(Lunch Break)

*Economic Inequality and Human Security
13:15pm-13:45pm
Timothy M. Shaw (Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston / International Political Economy )

13:45pm-14:15pm
Jane L. Parpart (Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston / Development; Gender Studies)

14:15pm-14:45pm
Q & A

14:45pm-15:15pm
(Coffee Break)
15:15pm- Session 2: Panel Discussion “Possibilities and Limits of Regional Governance in East Asia”

15:15pm-16:45pm
Panelist: Peter M. Haas, Ilchung Kim, Timothy M. Shaw, Jane L. Parpart, Hiroki KUSANO (Associate Professor, Saitama University)
Facilitator: Axel Karpenstein (Associate Professor, Saitama University)
16:45pm-17:00pm Closing Address: Hwang Soonil (Professor, Dongguk University)
17:00pm-17:10pm Symposium Adjourns: Hiroki Yamaguchi (Executive Director and Vice President, Saitama University)
Simultaneous interpretation provided. Japanese and English
  • This symposium is subsidized by the Nakajima Foundation

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10.For more information

Japan Student Services Organization Student Exchange Support Division Exchange Support Unit 2
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